Regular readers of this blog know that we go over to Italy several times a year where we soon get into our usual way of life in our Italian home. There are always chores to do, but since arranging for a family member to maintain the few vines that we've kept, someone else to cut the grass etc. there's less heavy work for Mr. P. to do on the land and more time to relax and enjoy Italian life.
We stayed for longer than usual so that grandson no. 4 could come over during the half term holiday and by the end of October the weather was unpredictable, especially as we live in the foothills of the Apennines. Some days we enjoyed sunshine and blue skies. However, when it rains in October you certainly know it! Thunder rumbles and lightening flashes around the mountains and on one occasion we lost mains electricity overnight. Fortunately I don't keep much in the freezer as we eat fresh food thanks to receiving gifts of produce from our family and neighbours. It's also easier to buy fresh milk, fish and meat as and when we need it and, of course, we get invitations to eat out with the family. There's always a big family gathering of Mr. P.'s three sisters and their husbands, children and grandchildren on a Sunday, each family taking it in turn to host the lunch. (Mr. P also had older half siblings who've now passed away, but we see extended family members who live in Rome and England from time-to-time).
Here are some photos to illustrate our time away this season:-
The grapes for making wine were gathered
and processed and some table grapes were left for eating
during our time there.
In between the rain showers we gathered the apples,
the hazel and walnuts. We cleaned off the outer skins, left the nuts
to dry a little in the sunshine and gave most of them to family members.
The new graft of a branch from a nectarine tree onto
a peach tree that produces late season peaches has done well.
Hopefully we should get two seasons of different fruit
from the same tree when it matures.
(growth upwards from the X)
One of my sisters-in-law gathered the peaches
and pears from our fruit trees during that season. She bottled some
and gave me a couple of bottles to try.
I have several sisters-in-law and they gave us produce.
Our neighbour grows vegetables on the land below our
terrace and gave us a cauliflower.
Life slows down so there's time to notice
who goes up and down the lane....
and observe the creatures in the garden.
The praying mantis was the latest
one to entertain me although he did crawl
very slowly into some places where he
could have got squashed i.e. onto the front door
mat and onto one of the car tyres.
It was intriguing to see that it
didn't like smooth surfaces, but
preferred to crawl over rough ones.
Next time I'll share some more of times when we were out and about in the local area and Rome.
Meanwhile, wishing you a peaceful Sunday,